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Workers Rights

What Trans-Pacific and U.S.-EU Trade Partnerships Must Tackle: Jobs

Michael Shank | Posted 06.13.2013 | World
Michael Shank

The United States is one of the advanced countries in which the gap between the highest and the lowest wages is largest. While we've heard this before, the gap is getting worse.

Oklahoma Sweatshop Tells One Story of Labor's Challenge

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business
Edwin D. Hill

All justice-loving citizens need to support regulatory and legislative efforts to more equally balance the playing field between employers and workers who -- like Dan Lee and his co-workers -- seek to turn today's sweatshops into decent, productive and family-sustaining places of work.

Why UNITE HERE Is Opposing Penny Pritzker's Nomination for the Secretary of Commerce

D. Taylor | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
D. Taylor

Our President has said many of the right things about improving the lives of working Americans, but Commerce Secretary nominee stands in stark contrast to his positions.

Power of Social Media: New Wave of Consumer Activism Rising Out of Rana Plaza Tragedy

Sally Greenberg | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
Sally Greenberg

Today's communications between customers and companies - about reviews or complaints, customer service praises or critiques, and assessments of a company's social or environmental records - are often animated, emotional, and highly visible. Just ask Applebee's.

Why the 'Eternal Embrace' Photograph From Bangladesh Haunts Its Photographer the Most

Sourav Roy | Posted 07.31.2013 | World
Sourav Roy

"As I have been surrounded by dead bodies, over the past few weeks, I have felt a tremendous pressure and pain. As a witness to this cruelty, I feel a strong urge to share this pain with everyone. That is why I want this photo to be seen over and over again."

We Have the Most Conservative Supreme Court in Decades. Why Do Americans Think It's Liberal?

Michael Keegan | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Michael Keegan

While the Supreme Court and lower federal courts continue to drive to the right, many Americans, strangely, have come to believe that the courts tilt to the left. This misperception of the federal judiciary, and especially the Supreme Court, is no fluke.

Jobs and Justice: Raising the Floor on Worker Rights and Wages in Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
Beverly Bell

In discussions among foreigners about working conditions and wages in the assembly industry, we often hear, "But Haitians need jobs. Wouldn't things be worse without them?"

Inspiring Each Other Forward

Mike Lux | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Yesterday, homeowners who have been royally screwed over by big Wall Street banks risked not only arrest but worse in demonstrations at the Department of Justice demanding that they start prosecuting bankers rather than the people ripped off by them.

A Penny a Pound, Plus Power: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Changes History

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

CIW members hope that soon all tomato pickers throughout the country will have greater rights and wages, and then all agricultural workers, with the establishment of an industry-wide standard.

Immigration Reform -- Notes from an African American

Cathy Youngblood | Posted 07.15.2013 | Black Voices
Cathy Youngblood

I entered the hospitality industry in 2010. It took me all of one week to realize what I did not want to believe. My housekeeping sisters, mostly Latina, were treated different than me.

Goodwill Minimum Wage Loophole Will Shock You

John Hrabe | Posted 07.15.2013 | Business
John Hrabe

A majority of Goodwill entities in the United States pay people with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage, while these same Goodwills simultaneously spend tens of millions of dollars per year on executive compensation and travel-related expenses.

Rick Perry's Believe It or Not!: What Texas Could Learn From Bangladesh

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Unlike Bangladesh, Texas is already extremely wealthy and can afford to adopt a more balanced and humanitarian approach to economic growth. Instead, the former seems to be modernizing while Governor Perry pushes his state towards an unreasonably purist form of capitalism.

Big Retailers Vow To Improve Factory Safety

AP | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- Four of the world's biggest retailers agreed to sign a pact to improve safety at garment factories in Bangladesh nearly three weeks after ...

What Shameful Postville, Iowa Immigration Raid Teaches Five Years Later

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

Five years later, the national push for commonsense immigration reform threatens to come undone at the hands of one of Postville's own senators.

Dave Jamieson

H&M Makes Big Move On Factory Safety

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

Fast-fashion retailer H&M has agreed to sign onto a binding accord to improve working conditions in Bangladesh garment factories, a move that labor ad...

Not Just an 'Issue' -- Invisibility in the Immigration Debate Hurts Real People

Brian Pacheco | Posted 07.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Brian Pacheco

Media should stop distracting Americans with coverage about the political games being played around immigration reform, which reduces it to simply an "issue" and as a result divorces it from the people whose lives hang in the balance.

Buying Off the Ref

Brian Young | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Brian Young

In so many ways, the Chamber and its allies are pushing the Court in a direction where people get less and less power to counter corporate abuses.

Meet a New Endangered Species: The Coal Miner

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

If we allow Patriot, Peabody and Arch to renege on their promises to their workers, retirees and widows, we'll be failing our fellow Americans.

Buffett Tells Men To 'Get Onboard' With Key Business Strategy

Reuters | Ben Berkowitz | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business

(Reuters) - The key to America's future success lies in helping women achieve as much as their male counterparts, billionaire investor Warren Buffett ...

PHOTOS: Low-Paid Workers Rally On May Day

AP | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Thousands of low-paid workers are rallying in the streets on May Day to demand better pay and improved working conditions a...

Emran Hossain

Thousands Still May Be Missing In Bangladesh Collapse

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.30.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Relatives of workers still missing in the collapsed Bangladesh factory building say the true number of dead is far greater than the offi...

How the Son of Immigrants Came Around on Immigration

Brian Pacheco | Posted 06.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Brian Pacheco

It is time for us as Americans to start asking questions about how we can make this country better. The time is now to enact a fair and humane immigration reform.

The Darker Side of E-verify

Alison Pennington | Posted 06.30.2013 | San Francisco
Alison Pennington

Do we want to reinforce failed and inhumane policies such as e-verify? Or should we repeal employer sanctions and strive for solutions that do not criminalize people for working to provide for their family?

Workers Memorial Day

Sen. Bob Casey | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Sen. Bob Casey

On Sunday, April 28th, we observe Workers Memorial Day. It is a day to honor those workers who have died, been disabled, injured or made sick by their work. It is also a day to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthy workplace for all workers.

Accountability for the Bangladesh Building Collapse: Blame Game or Real Change?

Beth English | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Beth English

If history is any guide, progress on workplace standards in Bangladesh and in other developing countries will be difficult to achieve and slow in coming.